WCC holds 20th Annual Student Awards Reception


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Wilkes Community College 2017 Student Awards Recipients.


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Scott Johnson, right, dean of Student Services, present the Dallas Herring Achievement Award to Uvaldo Piedras of Sparta.


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Sarah E. Shepherd, center, of Millers Creek is selected as Wilkes Community College’s NCCCS 2017 Academic Excellence Award recipient. She is pictured with, from left, Bobby Irwin, Region 2 representative on the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges; WCC Trustee Rita Woodruff; WCC Trustee Duane Davis; and WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox.


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WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College held its 20th Annual Student Awards Reception on Friday. The program was hosted in the John A. Walker Community Center, and students received a variety of academic, club and leadership awards. WCC is proud of the many accomplishments of its students and congratulates everyone listed below on their well-earned recognitions.

WCC Academic Excellence Award

Sarah E. Shepherd of Millers Creek was selected as Wilkes Community College’s 2017 Academic Excellence Award recipient. She is a second-year student in the WCC nursing program and the Lenoir-Rhyne RIBN program. Shepherd has a cumulative GPA of 3.947 and has been active in the Student Government Association (SGA), WCC Student Ambassadors and other college activities.

Shepherd received a plaque and medallion in honor of her academic accomplishments, and she will be recognized at the Wilkes Community College 2017 commencement ceremony.

Shepherd plans to finish her BSN at Lenoir-Rhyne University and then earn a Master of Science in Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner;

Annually, each of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges selects a student to receive the North

Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Academic Excellence Award. At Wilkes Community College (WCC), the academic division deans select the recipient from those nominated by faculty. The selected student must be currently enrolled, have completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater.

Dallas Herring Achievement Award

The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the N.C. Community College System to honor the late Dr. Dallas Herring whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the system.

Wilkes Community College nominates one student each year to compete for the statewide award. This year’s nominee was Uvaldo Piedras of Sparta.

Piedras surmounted the challenges of childhood immigration and learning English to earn his AAS degree in Accounting at the WCC Alleghany Center. He graduated last spring and then went on to open his own accounting business. Piedras helped establish English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the Alleghany Center, where he continues to volunteer. Piedras has been taking additional classes at WCC this year to prepare for transferring to a university.

“When I first came to the United States in 2003, I struggled a lot communicating with everyone. Being unable to speak English frustrated me, which also motivated me to learn English. I picked up the language in its basic form in 6-8 months. This began my integration into life in Alleghany County. By eighth grade, I was fully engaged, participating in sports, specifically wrestling and track and the addition of football power lifting in high school. During high school I worked in Christmas trees to buy materials and clothes for school. After high school, I had several more jobs,” Piedras said “I worked at the New River Campground, was a waiter at a local restaurant, worked at Parkdale Mills; but, nothing compared to working as an accountant for TruLine Truss Inc. At 23 years old, I felt like my life was on track. I had a good job, was finishing my degree work at WCC, and was balancing work and school with being a single parent of two children. Even though virtually every minute of my life was filled, I volunteered to help start an English as a Second Language (ESL) class at WCC. I printed flyers and posted them around Alleghany County, and I contacted people that I thought would be interested in the class. The first night around 35 adults showed up, and we had to move to a larger classroom. My experiences with teaching and my previous jobs taught me to always strive to greatness and to never give up.”

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Holly Abernathy, Wilkesboro

Bryan Cassell, Glade Valley

Tracey Daughtry, Roaring River

Marianna Durfor, Boone

Emily Farmer, Purlear

Tyler LaPrad, North Wilkesboro

Derek Rose, Statesville

Sarah Shepherd, Millers Creek

William “Jake” Shore, Hamptonville

Ethan Walker, North Wilkesboro

PROGRAM EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Applied Career Technologies

Samantha Carpenter, Stony Point – Outstanding Student in Animal Science

Lisa Staley, Millers Creek – Academic Excellence in Animal Science

Daniel Hayes, Crumpler – Outstanding Student in Electronics Engineering Technology

Alleghany Center

Bryan Cassell, Glade Valley – Alleghany Center Student of the Year

Ashe Campus

Brandon Blevins, Crumpler – Ashe Campus Student of the Year

Isaac Brooks, West Jefferson – Outstanding Achievement Associate in Arts – Ashe Campus

Arts & Sciences

Tasha Shay Ward, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Associate in Arts

Emily Elizabeth Farmer, Purlear – Outstanding Student in Associate in Science

Academic Excellence in Associate in Arts:

Alexander Adams, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Brandon Keith Burchette, Ronda – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Brittany Ruth Patrick, Creston – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Cassandra May Howell, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Elizabeth Gray Cooke, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Heather Suzanne Travers, West Jefferson – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Jessica Michelle Cordray, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Paul Lucas Fleming, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Rachel Goza Avery, Hays – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Vanessa Lewis Simmons, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Victoria M. Foster, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Arts

Academic Excellence in Associate in Science:

Tessica Grace Martin, Hamptonville – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in Science

Academic Excellence in Associate in General Education:

Tracey Saffold, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in General Education

Christopher Brent Eldreth, West Jefferson – Outstanding Achievement in Associate in General Education

Business & Public Service Technologies

Ashley Bauguess, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Advertising & Graphic Design

Amanda Handy, McGrady – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Office Administration

Joseph Kamperman, Boomer – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Business Administration

Robbie Lewis, West Jefferson – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Computer Technology Integration – Networking

Abigail Mitchell, Ferguson – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Accounting

Heather Robinson, Millers Creek – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Early Childhood Education

Benjamin Shaw, Union Grove – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Baking & Pastry Arts

Sierra Tevepaugh, Moravian Falls – Outstanding Academic Achievement in Criminal Justice

Health Sciences

Montana Lewis, Warrensville – Outstanding Student in Respiratory Therapy

Samantha Laws, North Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student in Radiography

Tracey Daughtry, Roaring River – Outstanding Student in Human Services

Meredith Younce, Millers Creek – Outstanding Student in Medical Assisting

Derek Rose, Statesville – Outstanding Student in EMS

Sarah Shepherd, Millers Creek – Outstanding Student in Nursing

Ashley Watson, Ferguson – Outstanding Student in Dental Assisting

Wilkes Early College High School

Victoria Foster, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Student Award

Danielle Barlow, Boomer – Outstanding Academic Achievement

Daniel Parker, Wilkesboro – Outstanding Academic Achievement

CLUB LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Animal Science Club

Archie Staley, Millers Creek

Gabrielle Adams, Hiddenite

Club of the Arts

Ashley Bauguess, North Wilkesboro

Andrew Richardson, North Wilkesboro

Dental Assisting Club

Kayla Stevens, Vilas

Kelsea Beamer, Yadkinville

Global Perspective Scholars

Cassandra Howell, Wilkesboro

Jadie Roten, North Wilkesboro

Human Service Club

Hunter Eller, Ferguson

Tracey Daughtry, Roaring River

Medical Assisting Club

Meredith Younce, Millers Creek

Amber Winkler, Lenoir

Mr. & Ms. WCC/Cougar

Kayla Colglazier, Hays

Trent Adams, North Wilkesboro

Kendall Kanupp, North Wilkesboro

William “Jake” Shore, Hamptonville

First-Year Nursing Club

Hannah Johnson, Millers Creek

Jacob Francisco, Taylorsville

Second-Year Nursing Club

Patra Barber, Wilkesboro

Megan Hamby, Boone

Rotaract Club

Danny “Bubba” Lane, North Wilkesboro

Candelaria “Candy” Andres Francisco, North Wilkesboro

SAGE Program

Ann Brooks, North Wilkesboro

Samantha Laws, North Wilkesboro

Student Ambassadors

Sarah Shepherd, Millers Creek

William “Jake” Shore, Hamptonville

Student Government Association – Alleghany Center

Sydney Jones, Sparta

Christopher Zeidner, Sparta

Student Government Association – Wilkes Campus

Kayla Colglazier, Hays

Zion Boggess, Elkin

“I continue to draw inspiration and hope for the future of America from the students I see every day here at Wilkes Community College,” said Dr. Jeff Cox, president of Wilkes Community College. “So many of our students have overcome almost insurmountable challenges to be here completing their education, trying to build better lives for themselves and their families. The American Dream is alive and well, and we see it being fulfilled by our students every year as they complete their education here and move on with their lives with marketable skills and an improved standard of living.”

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.

Wilkes Community College 2017 Student Awards Recipients.
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Scott Johnson, right, dean of Student Services, present the Dallas Herring Achievement Award to Uvaldo Piedras of Sparta.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_DSCN3706.jpgScott Johnson, right, dean of Student Services, present the Dallas Herring Achievement Award to Uvaldo Piedras of Sparta. Submitted photo

Sarah E. Shepherd, center, of Millers Creek is selected as Wilkes Community College’s NCCCS 2017 Academic Excellence Award recipient. She is pictured with, from left, Bobby Irwin, Region 2 representative on the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges; WCC Trustee Rita Woodruff; WCC Trustee Duane Davis; and WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_Sarah_Shepherd_2017_DSCN3763.jpgSarah E. Shepherd, center, of Millers Creek is selected as Wilkes Community College’s NCCCS 2017 Academic Excellence Award recipient. She is pictured with, from left, Bobby Irwin, Region 2 representative on the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges; WCC Trustee Rita Woodruff; WCC Trustee Duane Davis; and WCC President Dr. Jeff Cox. Submitted photo

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